Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Nov 2004 10:19 UTC
QNX I think that everyone reading OSNews will have heard at least something about QNX. You can regard this article as an introduction, but also as a review, and as a "Is-QNX-Ready-For-The-Desktop? article". To start off, I put together a short explanation of the merits of using a microkernel. Let me start off by saying that QNX Software Systems (QSS) does not aim towards the desktop with their Neutrino RTOS.
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by pkj on Fri 19th Nov 2004 15:09 UTC

I would not jump to conclusion that "QNX, being a RTOS, actually uses a simple O(1) scheduler." FYI: to addition to FIFO (typical RTOS) and Round-Robin (typical UNIX) QNX also provides sporadic scheduling:
The question only if you use it or not, QNX itself does not care.

Again, there is an application-centric approach (desktop market) where a designer assumes that OS will take care of her/his application(s). Unlikely desktop market, majority of real-time & embedded products shiped as a whole system and you are in full charge of it but also you want (and you have) a full control of system modules, including predictably behaving RTOS. QNX is no exception to that.

It is simply wrong to acuse QNX in lacking desktop features: it is not meant to be a desktop. QNX is just a self-hosted system which allows embedded & real-time developers also prototype their algorithms/solutions/applications w/o real target h/w but still having native OS, not sort of emulated. This feature (sure among others, equally important) wins many designs for QNX. Vmware+[Windows|Linux]+QNX is quite usual setup for a commercial QNX developer.